Hi there

It’s been a little while.  Have been busy instagramming. So much more efficient then blogging.

I hope you are staying safe Queenslanders. I have the television on, bracing for Marcia, hoping for the best.

Meanwhile we have our own dangers…

gomi snake

Relax. I texted the photo to the snake catcher and she told me it was dead- she could tell from how it’s head was placed???  She wash’t able to confirm the species from the photo.  Perhaps brown or a carpet snake.  We live on a hectare surrounded by bushland, so it was inevitable.

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Now if you’re squeamish, don’t read on- go and check out some cute photos of my boys on instagram, because it’s not pretty….
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My sister laughed when I sent her the second photo.  But, snakes terrify me.  As far as I’m concerned there’s only one place they belong.

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Hope everyone had a lovely valentines.  My boys gave me these roses.

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And this package of love arrived from the Fantastic Mrs Box.  Remember the excitement of a lucky dip when you were young?  Well you can relive the magic with Fantastic Mrs Box, where a new mystery package is delivered each month!  It’s a no fuss gift idea for yourself or a friend.

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Finally made it to the Yayoi Kusama obliteration room at the Queensland GOMA.  Kusama, a contemporary Japanese artist, uses dots to cover different surfaces and fill rooms. She calls this process ‘obliteration’, which means the complete destruction of every trace of something.  Here’s H getting obliterated.

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Made another trip to the Gold Coast.  This time we stayed at Broadbeach.

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They were trying to sell us one of those time share thingies.  Never before have I been so grateful to having clingy children.  The boys put on such a turn at the child care centre, that we were released from our obligation to attend the time share presentation.

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Stay safe Queenslanders and don’t wear your hermes scarves in the rain.

x

33, Bubbles …

There I was, minding my own business, being 32 and fabulous.  Next thing I knew, I was 33!  Oprah’s got me looking forward to my 50s, but for now, 33 feels pretty good.

Celebrated with my family on the Gold Coast.

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Plenty of Bubbles to help me celebrate.

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Can you believe Bubbles was my 32nd birthday present?

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A lot can happen in a year!

Here I am celebrating 32 with some of my dearest people.

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One year later, and there’re both pregnant!

I’ll see them again for cake tonight :)

(My sister’s since moved out of that apartment on account of her flatmate sacrificing 10 chickens inside for some religious festival- I don’t know how he smuggled them in???).

J, the German au pair is holidaying in NZ, so I get these guys all to myself!  Here they are building a shell castle.

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Off to make an angel food cake.

x

Instagram and Mercury Retrograde

I joined instagram last week.  Am quickly learning the rules.  For instance yesterday I took this picture at Grandads- spot what’s missing….

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I know this one’s really easy…. It’s missing my legs!instagram legsii

And what about this picture I took this week at lunch?

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Another easy one- it’s taken from the side.  You need to take them from above instagrammers.instagram food overheadIf you’re stuck for instagram ideas- why not take a photo of the magazine you’re reading, the sunset, a bunch of flowers or a cup of coffee- make sure to strategically place a glass of wine/ thongs etc.  Just a few suggestions :) .

Speaking of magazines, let’s talk about the December American Vogue issue, featuring actress Amy Adams on the cover.

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Inside you’ll find several letters to the editor thanking them for their return to models on the cover of the November issue.

Meanwhile, the Feed campaign aims to end world hunger by providing 555 meals through the sale of various Feed products.  vogue feedPerhaps they could start with meals for Anna Wintour and some of those skinny models that are always featured?

Of course, if you actually want to read the magazine- you’ll have to skip to pages 74 and 82 for the Contents pages….

What’s gotten into me all of a sudden?  What happened to the cheerful mummyhood tone of this blog????  It’s Mercury Retrograde people which causes havoc with communication, technology and finances.  And this one’s really bad, because it starts and ends in the same sign- aquarius.  Now I’m no expert (Naomi is an authority on such matters), but the global financial crisis happened during the time of a similar event!!! It probably wasn’t wise that I just sold the VW.  Should have sold the Lexus. The craziness is already happening! You probably can’t even read this blog post because you’re internet is playing up….

Deep breaths.  Let’s have some cheerful photos…

Observe my post baby weight loss success thanks to a strategically placed hand and Tar-ssoni sarong (scarf).

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And Here’s H’s first swim.

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And some cute bath time shots

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Now I’m off to sell some shares and buy gold bullion.  Hope you have a fabulous Australia Day weekend!!!  What are you up to? Any Mercury Retrograde craziness happening?  Tips for using instagram?

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Mastitis and brisket

Last week I had mastitis.   It wasn’t pretty.  Fevers, chills, headaches.   Delirious, I found myself online shopping. Came across this Alexander Mcqueen patent-leather bracelet on the outnet.

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I already have one.  Here I am wearing it in hospital, clutching the gas, about to birth H.

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H had a matching one.  His and hers.

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Brought this instead from Ivy the other day.

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I laughed when I read A Year in Fromage’s latest post about a Paris souvenir apron that had breasts printed on the front.

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Between mastitis, the baby having thrush, and having to pump regularly to boost supply, I find myself often looking like this (minus the apron).   I walk around unhindered, often forgetting that I’m exposing myself.  I lost my hangups after having my eldest 4 years ago.  I broke easily after being milked by several nurses in hospital with a baby who wouldn’t latch.  It didn’t even seem that weird when my dear Doctor friend JL examined me last week, mid-mastitis, showing me the best way to massage out the blocked duct!

I went to a friend’s 34th birthday birthday last night.  He is passionate about Barbecue and will be competing in the Australasian Barbecue Alliance championships in March.  Brisket, chicken, pulled pork, ribs – cooked to perfection on a wooden stove.

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They even have a team shirt.the combustibles

It’s all very technical.  I’m a barbecue novice.  But I do know about salads.  Here’s my latest- spinach leaves, half a pomegranate, 100 grams of crumbed feta and a sprinkle of chopped walnuts.  Drizzle with balsamic vinegar.

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Wore this Witchery zebra print dress with this cheerful necklace that our cult leader Faux Fuchsia gave me for Christmas.  Thank you FF!  I luff it.

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I finally signed up for instagram #latetothetrend #notsurewhatIamdoing.  I’m @housewife_in_heels I think.  We’re going to have so much fun x

Missoni for Target

Happy New Year!!!  I have resolved to save money.  So when I saw that the Missoni for Target range was 50-70% off, I spent up!

This scarf? Reduced to $20!

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I attempted a criss cross bow tie via Mai Tai, and then improvised with the longer scarf, tucking it back through.  Am loving it and now contemplating investing in a few more Missoni scarves.

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Amazing how much baby weight you can lose when you stand at the right angle in a shot!

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These shoes? Reduced to $25.

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missoni accessories

This dress? $159 reduced to $40.

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This umbrella? Reduced to $15

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These bangles? Reduced to $15.

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These cushions? Reduced to $15!missoni cushions

These have been claimed by Dudley, the house poodle.  Here he is recovering from a day of surgery to get his teeth scaled and clipped.  He is a nervous wreck, and no groomer will touch him unless he is sedated!

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There were plenty more savings- Missoni for Target swimmers, baby outfits, muslin wraps etc…..  Perfect for this transition period whilst I lose the baby weight.

I had previously brought a kaftan from the Missoni range full price.  Fool!

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I am still completely besotted by H.  Sadly, he is currently ugly due to baby acne, so I have included an earlier photo when he was about 2 weeks making a funny face that his eldest brother also used to make.

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Another resolution I have is to reply to people who kindly leave comments on the blog.  I always smile when I read them, and mean to reply…

Have you been tempted by the Missoni range?  Saving money shopping in the sales?  Should I buy another Missoni scarf? Had a baby that suffered from baby acne?  Please share- brownies promise I’ll respond!

Christmas

I am besotted.

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I’m enjoying this baby so much.  I love watching him sleep, and wake, and be smothered by his brothers.  I’m much more relaxed this time.  I know babies can’t break easily.    Also, H has been a very sleepy newborn, so there’s been lots of respite.  And time for Christmas baking.baby baking

We visited family in Hervey Bay for Christmas.  christmas tree

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Have you seen the cute clip where the 7 year old caught Santa in the act on video?  Well behold the magic of Santa’s appearance at #12 Bay Apartments, Hervey Bay at 8pm 24th of December.

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Like Father, like son.

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Let us not forget the real meaning of Christmas. Here’s H channeling Jesus in the cousin’s nativity play  (he’s the one in the manger next to his uncle who played a donkey).christmas jesus

Meanwhile my 4 year old was a wiseman, my 3 year old an angel, and my husband a camel :) .

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christmas nativity play

Boxing Day was spent at Grandads, home to my favourite Christmas tree.  At the right angle you can see 8 trees reflected in the windows.christmas tree grandad iichristmas tree grandad

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Merry Christmas x

Welcome to the world!

One minute we were at Movieworld

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The next my waters broke.  Phoned my twin sister to stay the night as I’d been instructed to head straight for the hospital.

Here we are at the last minute comparing pregnant tummies- she’s 15 weeks pregnant (yay!)- and is adamant that she has a baby bump :) .  I’m 39 weeks and 2 days.

newborn twin tummiesMy contractions started at 3am and by 5am I was enjoying an epidural.  At 8:12am, this darling entered the world, weighing 8 pounds 1.5 ounces, or 3665 grams.

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He was a healthy 9 on the APGAR scale, but reader, he DID NOT cry at birth!!!  I was a little worried, but the obstetrician assured me that it sometimes happened, and she wasn’t concerned.

Can you believe that some people encapsulate/ eat the placenta?  Apparently it can help improve mood and prevent depression.  Resisted the temptation…

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The hospital stay was pleasant.  Lots of visitors.

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Lots of presents.

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And this darling, who let me have plenty of rest.

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He didn’t have a name till day 2, and I’m still not quite committed to the name.  I don’t like to use my boy’s names on the blog, but what’s your take on the name Hxxxx?

Now we’re home and life is good.  The boys adore their brother, and I’m getting there with feeding.newborn boys ii

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Better get some sleep x

39 weeks

We made it to thanksgiving.

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All the big names came to the table- Turkey; Gravy; Mash Potatoes; Corn; Beans.

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Wardorf salad.

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Pecan pie.

urbane pecan pie

No Jasper Conran for Wedgewood for the children’s table. Here they are eating the centre piece, one apple at a time.

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Forgot to serve the stuffing…

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Well there was no room left anyway…
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The old hide under the dress never gets old.
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Peek a boo….

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Friday night I dined with the beautiful people at Urbane for my husband’s work Christmas party.  If you are heavily pregnant and feeling bloated and uncomfortable, get yourself into a Camilla dress and revel in all the compliments regarding how you’re glowing and are ‘all bump’.

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urbane camilla

Waddled out after enjoying a 5 course degustation menu…

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The straw was added by my husband because he is hilarious like that...

The straw was added by my husband because he is hilarious like that…

On Saturday, my gorgeous friend J threw me a delightful mini baby sprinkle at Thai Pho spa in Brunswick St, New Farm.  Love that pink was incorporated.

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urbane pho thai

The best part was the gifts.  I’m allowed to open them over successive days when the baby is born.  Can’t wait for this baby to arrive!

Attended the boy’s day care concert Sunday. Some might have thought my youngest was shy, barely opening his mouth during the singing.  I prefer to think like Slapdash Mama- he was deadset observant, appreciating the musical talent of his classmates.

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I’m 39 weeks today, the furthest I’ve made it in a pregnancy.  We are in unchartered waters.

The louvres have been dusted, the walls cleansed of toddler art (thanks Adelaide Villa- if you have a destructive toddler, get yourself some Chux magic erasers- they saved me from repainting the walls), and Baby Mac’s Glad Chute’s Christmas cake has been baked.  Now the baby is allowed to be born.

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Have you experienced that magic of the ‘Chux Magic Erasers’?  Baked a Christmas cake? Have you adjusted to the change of channels on Foxtel?  Hope you are well x

Bump, castles and vegetarian cooking

The bump is getting bigger.

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It is out of control…  Here it is at Gold Coast last weekend for the G20 summit.

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summer bump

Kidding! my youngest has taken to hiding under my dresses/ skirts. Short or long, he doesn’t discriminate.

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summer hide and seek

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My husband’s safe in his Missoni for Target shorts.

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J, the German au pair was there to help with building sand castles.  Neuschwanstein, Hohenzollern, Burg Eltz- those German’s know what they’re doing when it comes to castles.

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Speaking of Neuschwanstein, J was at home with the swan taps at the GC penthouse.

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I’ve also been learning to cook vegetarian dishes, as J is vegetarian.

summer canneloni

I whipped up this cannelloni combining 600 g fetta cheese with 250 grams of thawed spinach and a 100 grams of grated parmesan.  Wrapped the filling in lasagne sheets (I used hard sheets, though save yourself the trouble of pre-boiling the sheets, and buy fresh), and placed over a cup of passata.  Poured more passata and grated mozzarella over the top and cooked in a medium oven for about 20 mins.

So yummy and no complaints from my carnivore husband.

J also made this delicious vegetarian lasagne with spinach and béchamel sauce.

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Am also experimenting with salads. Unintentionally toasted these already toasted pine nuts, in my pumpkin and haloumi salad :)

summer pumpkin salad

Nesting continues.  The walls are mostly sugar soaped, a load from the garage and storeroom has been taken to the tip and I’ve cleaned the carpets with a Britex carpet cleaner (normally I’d outsource this, but it was so satisfying seeing how much sludge and dirt came out of my carpet!).  My boy’s have always come early, but this one won’t be coming till I’ve wiped down all the kitchen shelves, dusted the louvres, packed the hospital bag, and baked Baby Mac’s Glad Chuit’s fruitcake, celebrated Thanksgiving with a turkey, and attended my boy’s day care Christmas Concert.

There I go talking about myself again! What about you, how are you?  Any vegetarian cooking tips?  Any ways to avoid labour? x

Nesting

With less than a month to go, I’ve started nesting.  And since I’m a recovering hoarder, I accepted my darling friend Butter Bee Betty’s offer to help organise.  channeled Peter Walsh in an Oprah hoarding intervention and helped me sort, organise and cull.  She’s a Dr, so it was Dr’s orders.

Relax.  I don't think the new baby will care if those puzzles and books aren't perfectly aligned.

Relax. I don’t think the new baby will care if those puzzles and books aren’t perfectly aligned.

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B’s tips were revolutionary.  Apparently shirts and pants can be stored in the same draw!  For instance- home clothes, smart casual etc, or in my case, by size, which is perfect for this stage of pregnancy.  My new draws include: current wear; post-baby wear; and finally what I hope to one day fit into again.

B also emphasised the importance of making objects visible to encourage their use.

She is also a major advocate of gentle, cold wash cycles, with laundry liquid and fabric softener.  This outfit she’s modelling below is 10 years old and is testimony to her respect for care instructions.

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I was in the zone.  Much progress was made.  S, our cleaner, was an angel and offered to do a charity drop off and tip run.  And J, the German au pair, offered to clean windows and the fridge on her day off.  Once upon a time I would have declined such offers, but I have learned to say yes and thank you!

There is still much on my to do list.  Like this deceptive desk, which is hiding years of paperwork to be filed.

nesting desk

…organise the store room and garage, sugar soap the walls, and have the carpets professionally cleaned etc.

Am so excited to get through it, but my body is starting to fail me.  This pregnancy has been rough.  The first 20 weeks were dominated by morning sickness and fatigue.  Now the sickness is back, and I’m struggling to sit upright.  At least there’s a baby at the end.

In other happenings, I’m starting Christmas early.  Made rum and apricot balls with the boys the other day whilst J (my eldest’s best friend from childcare) was over for a play date.  Remember, I shared before about my initial meeting with J’s mum, K?  She happened to be the random Dr I’d booked for a routine pap smear at my local Doctor’s surgery.  We’ve moved on from then….

nesting rumballs

Earlier in the day we marked the 25th anniversary of the falling of the Berlin wall with this duplo effort.

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In a G20 exclusive, Barrack Obama’s plane flew over our house earlier today, and tomorrow he’ll be giving a speech from the hall that I graduated in.  Meanwhile it is hot.

Any tips for decluttering/ nesting?  Hope you have a good weekend. x